Roger Mac Ginty and Pamina Firchow just published “Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace conflict” in the Journal Politics. If you’d like a pdf copy please email Pamina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on findings from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, the article considers how top-down and bottom-up narratives and understandings of conflict often differ. The article posits that top-down narratives are often the result of a peculiar framing system that imposes imaginaries on conflicts and those experiencing them. The bottom-up narratives, based on research in South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, show that localised perceptions of peace, safety and security are not only articulated in different ways to top-down narratives but also raise different issues.